Rainbows in the Rain

Like the appearance of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the brightness all around.  This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord.  {Ezekiel 1:28}

 

The rain had not stopped for 2 full days & it had rained steady all through the night.  So when I got up that morning & saw that the rain had stopped I took a quick look at my weather app.  2 hours.  That’s how long it said I had before the rain started again so I hurriedly put on my running gear & headed outside.  I just needed a quick run to clear my head.

My heart was heavy for a dear one in my life struggling with identity & purpose.  I suppose I thought if I could just get outside for a little while I could outrun the feelings weighing me down. 

I headed outside & started down my usual path.  As I got about a fourth of the way into my run, sprinkles began to dust my face but I told myself it was just a small passing cloud because after all, my weather app said so!  However about half way into my run the rain came steady & harder.  How could this be?  I checked the app.  I was prepared with the knowledge I needed to get through a nice morning jog.  When I got to my halfway point I turned around & in the midst of rain dripping in my eyes, straight ahead of me was a full rainbow.  I almost couldn’t believe it.  I couldn’t see any sunshine so how could this be happening?  But then I realized, with more reality than the rain dripping in my face, the Lord was whispering His faithfulness to my soul.

My spirit was lifted by His work of beauty in the sky & a tender whisper to my heart.  So what’s the take away from a random rainbow in the middle of a downpour?  I was reminded on that morning run that my good Father is there to meet me in the middle of whatever circumstances I am facing.  The rain didn’t stop.  In fact, it rained on me the rest of the way home & I when got in & I was drenched.  But I was drenched in the refreshing rain of His love. 

Later that day I received a text from a friend with these simple words:

In Christ we find: purpose for the pain, strength for the struggle & faith for the fight.

These words gave life to the struggle inside me that day.  By focusing on His love & kindness toward us we realize how He gives us,

Purpose for our Pain

God promises to comfort us in all tribulation & once we are through it to take that comfort He has given us & share it with others.  In other words, my difficulties are for the purpose of me experiencing Christ’s tender mercies & for the purpose of grace for others when they are in difficulty. {2 Corinthians 1:3-7}

Strength for our Struggle

Paul tells us of a struggle that he was in that was a burden beyond measure, above anything he had strength to deal with, but that God delivered him from.  He will deliver us & give us strength for the afflictions we face.  Pray for strength & ask trusted believers to pray for you.  God will not turn His face from you in times of need.  {2 Corinthians 1:8-11}

Faith for our Fight

When our faith grows weak, He sends us signs of His love.  Signs are not always so physical as a rainbow in the sky, but the Spirit, which lives within us, will give us what we need to have perfect soundness in the presence of difficulty.  For we walk by faith & not by sight! {Acts 3:16, 2 Corinthians 5:7}

Tell your Father where you are struggling & ask Him today to give you strength for your struggle so that you can have faith for the fight of your life & know the purpose for you pain.  He is faithful, my friend.  He will show you His goodness; just open your eyes to see Him. 

Love, Cara